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Overwatch League player apologises after using a slur on-stream

Shanghai Dragons DPS player, Lee "Lip" Jae-won, was caught using a slur during his match against the Los Angeles Gladiators during the Overwatch League 2021 playoffs.
Overwatch League player apologises after using a slur on-stream
Shanghai Dragons DPS player, Lee "Lip" Jae-won, has issued a public apology via social media after he was caught using a slur in a match between his squad and the Los Angeles Gladiators during the Overwatch League 2021 playoffs.

The incident occurred as Shanghai was about to secure a 2-1 lead during the Winners' Semi-Finals of the bracket against Gladiators. With the OWL broadcast highlighting player comms during their triumphant moments, community member and translator, Gatamchun, spotted a Shanghai player cursing and using Korean slurs on-air.

Shanghai Dragons player apologises for slur during OWL playoffs

Gatamchun later tweeted about this via Twitter on 23rd September. According to Gatamchun, one of the players yelled the "r-word" as well as other Korean insults.

While non-Korean speakers didn't catch the insults, plenty of fans that were fluent in the language immediately criticised both the usage of slurs and the decision of OWL to still broadcast the moment during the stream. 

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The Dragons full held Gladiators on Numbani and Lip had some harsh words. (Picture: Overwatch League)

After the match, in which Shanghai ended up winning relatively easily 3-1, Lip took to social media to formally apologise.

Florida Mayhem's manager, Jade "Swingchip" Kim, took the time to translate Lip's apology on Twitter. Jade cited Lip as saying: "I apologise to everyone [that felt] uncomfortable with my inappropriate choice of words, as well as the audience watching our match against the Glads."

Lip later added: "I have apologised separately to the individual. I will be cautious about my words and actions in the future. I'm sorry."

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The Dragons have won two stage titles in 2021. (Picture: Shanghai Dragons)

It remains to be seen whether the Dragons will punish Lip internally or if the Overwatch League will take disciplinary action against him.

We will endeavour to keep you updated as the story develops.

 

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Featured image courtesy of Shanghai Dragons.